Fantasy Football Week Seven Waiver Wire: Pick Them Up
Hopefully you have a quarterback that is serviceable enough to plug into your lineup because at this point you’re probably not going to find anything decent on the waiver wire. We have one on our Weekly Waiver Wire article this week in the Cincinnati Bengals’ Carson Palmer, but that’s only because for some reason he’s still available in some standard leagues.
However, if you’re in search of a running back or just need some wide receiver depth, well then, we’ve got you covered. To find out which ones made the “Pick Them Up” list, continue on reading the Bruno Boys' Fantasy Football Week Seven Waiver Wire— Pick Them Up .
Spoiler Alert: if you’re looking for kickers, you’re out of luck this week.
Note: If you’re debating on who to drop to pick up these guys, you should be checking out the Bruno Boys’ article, Fantasy Football Week Seven Waiver Wire — Cut Them Loose and see if anyone on your roster is a Bruno Boys’ recommendation to drop. And remember, you can always visit our FORUMS to get your questions answered about waiver wire candidates, players to drop, or anything at all related to fantasy football .
QUARTERBACKS — PICK THEM UP
Carson Palmer (Cincinnati Bengals)
As mentioned above the main reason Palmer is on the list is because he’s still available in about 10 percent of standard ESPN and Yahoo! leagues.
Though he wasn’t able to lead the Bengals to another come-from-behind win against the Houston Texans last week, he still did well, throwing for 259 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Though Palmer may not be equaling his stats from that great 2005 season he had, he still makes for a great backup and is good to use to play match-ups. If you don’t already have a good backup or are in need of a starter, check Palmer’s availability now.
RUNNING BACKS — PICK THEM UP
Justin Fargas (Oakland Raiders)
With running back Darren McFadden still out with a knee injury, it’s up to Justin Fargas and Michael Bush to carry the load for the Oakland Raiders for the next few weeks.
It was believed that, at the very least, the players would get a similar number of carries, but that wasn’t the case in the Raiders’ win over the Philadelphia Eagles last week. Bush got just six carries while Fargas ran 23 times for 87 yards. Expect Fargas to continue to see 15-25 touches on the ball until McFadden returns, making him a solid pickup in any league.
Laurence Maroney (New England Patriots)
With Fred Taylor out and Sammy Morris injured early in the New England Patriots’ win over the Tennessee Titans last week, it was Laurence Maroney that saw the majority of the carries.
He did well with his time as he rushed 16 times for 123 yards and a touchdown. Maroney, a former first round pick, has seen himself slide down the depth chart in New England, but he is still a talented player and that was on display against the Titans.
Assuming Morris is unable to play or will be limited this week, Maroney should see 15-20 touches on the ball, making him a solid pickup in standard and deep leagues.
Javon Ringer (Tennessee Titans)
Tennessee running back LenDale White was questionable heading into the game with New England and it didn’t take long for him to leave as he injured his knee in the second quarter.
As of the time this article was written there was no update on the status of White for this week.
Javon Ringer, a rookie out of Michigan State, took over backup duties behind Chris Johnson and he rushed seven times for 47 yards against the Patriots. Johnson is still the guy for the Titans, but expect Tennessee to get Ringer the ball 5-10 times a game, at least until White is back. This makes him a good pickup only in very deep leagues.
Jonathan Stewart (Carolina Panthers)
When you can’t pass the ball you might as well have a good running game, and the Carolina Panthers might just have the best rushing tandem in the league with DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart.
Before Week Six, Stewart hadn’t been too involved in the offense for the Panthers, but that changed last week in Carolina’s win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Stewart rushed 17 times for 110 yards and a touchdown in that game.
Remember that last season when the Panthers figured out they could run the ball with Williams and Stewart they suddenly became pretty good. Expect Stewart to continue to get around 15 touches per game going forward.
WIDE RECEIVERS — PICK THEM UP
Hakeem Nicks (New York Giants)
And in the case of another receiver stepping up for the New York Giants, it was rookie Hakeem Nicks that did it last week in the loss to the New Orleans Saints. In that game Nicks caught five passes for 114 yards and a touchdown.
Nicks, who was a first round pick earlier this year, has great talent and it appears he’s starting to make good on it despite the whole notion that rookie receivers don’t produce.
However, given how rookie receivers— even the best of them— tend to be inconsistent, and because the Giants have a good pair of receivers in Marion Manningham and Steve Smith, Nicks should only be considered in deeper leagues for now.
Sidney Rice (Minnesota Vikings)
The addition of quarterback Brett Favre to the Minnesota Vikings has really been a boon to the offense, in particular the receivers. That’s been the case for Sidney Rice, who caught six passes for 176 yards in the Vikings’ win over the Baltimore Ravens last week.
Rice is a great talent, as not only does he have good speed but he’s also got great hands. Bernard Berrian is more of a deep threat for the Vikings so look for Favre to go to Rice more often. He would make for a good pickup in any league.
Mike Thomas (Jacksonville Jaguars)
Mike Sims-Walker has emerged as the go-to guy at receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars, but rookie Mike Thomas has also started to step up. Torry Holt had more yards than Thomas in the team’s overtime win over the St. Louis Rams last week but Thomas was targeted more and had more receptions as he caught seven passes for 52 yards.
Thomas is a guy the Jaguars like and will try to get more involved in the offense, however he is a rookie and so for now he should only be looked at in deeper leagues.
TIGHT ENDS — PICK THEM UP
Zach Miller (Oakland Raiders)
A lot of things have not gone well for the Raiders this season, but they can take some solace in their win over the Eagles last week. And if there’s one pass-catcher on Oakland's squad that’s worth owning in your fantasy league it’s tight end Zach Miller.
Miller, who is the most sure-handed receiving threat on the team, caught six passes for 139 yards and a touchdown in the win over Philadelphia. Even though JaMarcus Russell is extremely inconsistent as a quarterback, he seems to be able to find Miller often enough to make Miller worth owning. You should consider Miller in standard and deeper leagues.
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